Strong Response Essay

Jessica Stewart

Strong response essay

The grocery store has a big variety of food to choose from.  There are different brands and prices, as well as different ingredients in all things they carry.  One of the biggest talked about subjects today is nutrition.  All over the U.S., citizens have the right to choose what to eat, when to eat, where to eat, whether it is good or bad.  There is enough information out there that the Americans should know what good nutrition is and what bad nutrition is, but why are parents allowing their kids to eat the way they do then.  Parents have a responsibility to teach their kids proper nutrition, but instead choose the unhealthy route and put their kids in danger with bad nutrition.

Buying pre-processed food is easy for families to choose to buy that lead stressful lives.  In today’s society, more than likely both parents are working full time jobs.  They come home after a long day of work and the last thing parents want to do is prepare dinners and face cleaning it up.  To be able to pull something out of the freezer to pop into the microwave or oven, is fast, easy and convenient.  Cleaning up is also easy because chances are no pots and pans were used, just silverware and plates.  Families also run into the problem of time.  It takes a lot of time to plan, prepare and go to the grocery store, which some days it may not be feasible.

It is disgusting to see what some parents feed their children now a days.  There is no nutritional value in their lifestyles at all.  What seems to be easy and convenient can be destroying any kind of nutrition that the kids may have had.  What parents are not understanding is that the processed foods are full of preservatives that no one really knows what they are.  When buying something at the store, take a minute to look at the ingredients.  If the words on the label are not understandable than what are the kids really eating, probably nothing nutritional.  The constant junk kids are putting in their body (pop, fast food, microwavable foods etc.) are damaging our kids bodies and creating health issues that are not reversible.

The first thing that needs to change is what kids are seeing on television.  What children are seeing on television is fast food commercials, candy commercials and all the other junk food that can be acquired at the grocery store.  They see constant commercials about smoking and why it is bad for you but where are the commercials that show obesity and what health issues it is causing.  The obesity rate is over the top in this generation and a lot of it is not just adults, its kids.  The U.S. is going to find themselves with shorter lifespans, and much more cases of diabetes especially in children.  Its time the U.S. take a stand and show this generation of kids what is happening to their bodies when they eat crap food.  Commercials are a great way to do that since this generation lives near a television 24/7.

The second thing that needs to change is making it more available for the parents to be involved in learning about nutrition with their kids.  Schools should offer after school classes for kids and parents about nutrition.  They should challenge the kids just like they do with spelling bee’s and summer reading awards to whoever reads the most.  The challenge should be nutrition.  Eating healthy everyday and watching what is in the foods so they know what to avoid.  The parents shouldn’t just be involved with helping their kids become healthy but they should join a long too.  There was a time when eating anything seemed okay but with all the man made sugars, preservatives, and growth hormones in the foods being eaten now health issues seem to be rising everyday.  The reason why all this crap is being put in the food is to save money on the producers end and give everyone else, like children, future problems.

The third thing that needs to change is the amount of time kids spend on electronics.  There is no such thing as good nutrition if it isn’t paired with exercise.  There used to be a time when the only thing to do was to walk outside and play with friends.  The newer communities are given kids access to playgrounds everywhere.  Everywhere you look there is a play ground on every corner.  Today, kids are rarely out playing at all.  The lack of motivation in children is not helping their nutrition.  Sitting in front of the television, computer screen or even cell phones is unhealthy.  Adding a balanced “playing time”, with something other than electronics, with good nutrition, will keep the kids happy and healthy.  The U.S. will see less and less obesity, heart attacks, and other health issues, as well as lifespan being increased.

It is no wonder why kids don’t want to go out and play and just sit around.  Living a life with no nutrition and just junk food is draining on anybodies body.  The kids that are being raised today will not have a lifespan, as long as others, because of future health issues they will receive because of inadequate nutrition.  Parents need to get up and motivate their children to be healthier.  What may seem convenient is really what is hurting the kids the most.  It is time to take the kids out and play and buy healthy groceries, while limiting the amount of time kids spend in front of electronics.


Don’t Eat Out!!!!

Self-evaluation/reflective writing about my experience in Comm 1020

I really wasn’t excited to take a Comm 1020 aka Public Speaking.  I hate getting up in front of people but what can I say! this class was required 🙂  I have definitely come a long way in this class.  By the time we have gotten to the last speech I had more confidence and I wasn’t as nervous to speak as I was when I first started.  I don’t know if that is because I am getting comfortable speaking in front of others or if its because I begin to know my fellow classmates and didn’t feel uncomfortable in front of them.  This class will help me in my future career and I’m glad its over with 😉  Thanks, Mr. Fifield it was entertaining 🙂

Below is my Last speech in my Comm 1020 class.


Speaking/Key-Word Outline

Don’t Eat Out!

Introduction: There is never a day that one of us goes and eats out. It is convenient, faster and allows us to feel like we saved time. Unfortunately what we are not realizing that, although we may seem to think it is convenient, eating out is taking a toll on our bodies as well as our pocket book.

Hook: Heather Neal whom wrote “11 scary ingredient’s lurking in your fast food” opened her article with this statement. “Did you know eating fast food just twice a week can make you gain 10 pounds and double your risk for insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes, obesity, and a host of other health issues? (If that’s not enough to scare you, maybe knowing that a 1999 McDonald’s burger is still looking fresh or that Burger King burgers were contaminated with horsemeat in 2012 will. Ew.)” I don’t know about you but as I first read that opening sentence she had me hooked to read the rest of the article!

Thesis: Eating out can almost be an addiction for people, so why do we crave it like that? What are the health risks included in eating out and how much is it really taking out of our pocket book.


  1. 1. Why do we crave eating out?
  2. 2. What are the health risks?
  3. 3. How much is it really costing us?

 Transition: Wendy’s, Pizza Hut, McDonalnds, Burger King…. Which one are you craving today?


  1. A food scientist Steven Witherly has spent 20 years studying what makes certain foods more addictive than others. According to Witherly, there are two factors that make you crave more.1st main factor is the Sensation of eating food
  1. Taste, smell and how it feels in your mouth.
    Food companies will spend millions of dollars to discover the most satisfying level of crunch in a potato chip or the perfect amount of fizz in a soda.
  1. 2nd main factor is the macronutrient makeup of the food.
  2. blend of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates

*combine these factors and what you get is your cravings of food. How they are making this processed fast food is making us salivate more which means its hitting all of our taste buds. They are also doing something that’s called vanishing caloric density which means its melting in our mouth making our brain feel like we are not full and for us to want to eat more of it. It has been known that if you exercise a lot of the time you find yourself losing those cravings and wanting to eat healthier.

Transition: Which ever fast food chain you were craving let me remind you of this. Sharon Theorin, writer of statistics health risks of eating fast food quotes:

        “In 1970, there were about 30,000 fast-food restaurants in the United States; that number increased to 222,000 by 2001.”

  1. What kind of health risks it’s the 222,000 fast food restaurants causing us to have because of the way they have made us crave their food?
  2. Heart disease

              1.Fast food has a alot of salt and fat which can cause obesity and high blood pressure which causes Heart disease.

  1. The American Heart Association tells us that: “In 2010, 36.9 percent of Americans had heart disease, a number the American Heart Association projects will climb to 40.5 percent by the year 2030.”
  1. Weight Gain
  2. January 2004 a study commissioned by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
  3. gain 10lbs a week by eating out twice
  4. Being overweight is a risk factor for heart disease and other health conditions. Insulin resistance can lead to diabetes, which can also cause heart disease.
  1. DEATH
  2. The US Department of Health and Human Services discovered that the combination of a poor diet and a lack of physical activity causes 310,000 to 580,000 deaths every year. These numbers are significantly higher than deaths caused either by guns or drug use.

Transition: If the health risks and the possibility of death didn’t persuade you then maybe the amount of money you could save will.

  • How much money are you blowing on eating out instead of making your own lunch or dinner?
  1. Eat out and pay 20 dollars. Eat at home and pay 8 dollars you choose.
  1. Noelia whom wrote the article “Blowing your money on eating out” states “On average, buying l unch every day costs workers nearly $2,000 per year”
  1. Oreiccho who worked at modera wealth management states one of his clients realized how much he was spending a year on fast food and changed his lifestyle to packing his own lunch and saved $2500 a year.
  2. Why are we spending this much money on food.   I believe we don’t realized how much we are really spending every year on food because we just think oh 5 bucks here or 10 bucks there isn’t very much.
  3. personal story: Calculating how much my husband was spending a week in buy fast food.

Conclusion: Eating out isn’t always avoidable but more the half the time we could avoid it by not being lazy, making our own lunch and eating healthier.   The money alone that we could be saving to buy us something else is a good incentive but if you need a better incentive then think about how their making us crave that food and what the health risks will be if we continue.

Individual assignment

Individual Assignment


This Assignment has opened me up into viewing my life.  You never really have that time to sit down and think about what has made you who you are today and why.  It was nice to have the challenge of thinking about this and putting it together.  I loved the time I put in to it as well as the thoughts in it as well.  Its amazing to think that just the little things in my life has made such an impact on me and where I will be going in life.   You always think you know what you want to do when you grow up but you never thought about what influenced you to want to do that and what/who made you who you are today!  Its definately a great reminder of who you are.

I think I would encourage anybody to sit down and do this assignment.  Its really helped me to see who I am, who I’ve become and hopefully where I will be someday.  I look forward to my future but I’m fully enjoying whats going on now because time goes by way to fast!  I really wish we could slow down time because sometimes if just feels like you’ve missed so much but have a accomplished a lot.